Hilarious - insightful - cutting straight to the bone. These are timeless essays, each poking into a hidden world: from behind-the-scenes porn stars, to simply a few old women from Ohio, reacting to 9/11. Those seem like they could fall culprit to easy cliches, but with DFW's brilliant observations and writing, everything seems fresh. This audiobook will go by instantly. Highly recommended if you like Malcolm Gladwell, Joan Didion, David Rakoff and the like.
There were few moments of thrilling danger, survival, or experiences of the transcedent nature of the wilderness in Wild. One cliffhanger-moment almost at the end of the book made me perk up and really dig in to the events -- but most of this book is as monotonous as a long, slow hike to nowhere. You will learn a LOT about the author's childhood, mother, and drug use. If the story you are looking for is a snoozy personal journey, this read is for you. For people looking for a wilderness adventure tale.... look elsewhere.
This was a totally mesmerizing listen - each of the essays in this book is so engagingly written, and Malcolm Gladwell gives a great delivery as well. Anyone who enjoys reading creative non fiction or literary journalism (think: Harper's, The Atlantic, The Walrus, and of course The New Yorker) should definitely check this one out. I thought Gladwell was overhyped, but have really been impressed and would definitely recommend this.
Gladwell really gives you food for thought - everything from why there's only one kind of ketchup (vs. umpteen mustards) to how hair dye commercials have played a role in modern feminism, to late bloomers in the art world...all tackled very creatively and drawing parallels between very diverse segments of society. Also each of the essays are about 45 mins in length - a nice digestible size for car trips.. and a good conversation piece after they're done!
People who like drug store bestseller books (think "The Help") might enjoy this one more. The plot was pretty contrived and drawn out - if the book were a third thinner, maybe it would move better. I bought this because it got such high reviews on Audible but by the end of it i was forcing myself to listen and hoping the main character would die.
to be fair the narrator is great.
All the indulgent chapters that revolved around explaining movie plotlines or acting out a scene from a play. Also the ENTIRE ANNOYING CHARACTER that is "Pat"
a tasty adventure
great reading from Samuelsson, a really interesting meander through Europe, NYC and Ethiopia. anyone who enjoys stellar food writing like Ruth Reichl or Anthony Bourdain should read this one - but there's also a great balance with Samuelsson's truly interesting story, from growing up adopted in Sweden to finding fame in the US, to reconnecting with his African roots. all around a great audiobook.
i'm the type that needs to take a break every once in a while - but it was pretty captivating and a great companion to a 3 day road trip.
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